1997年，吉他手Torsten Wolf和Volker Trost与贝斯手Pablo J. Tammen组成了一支名为Timezone的乐队。但是，在录制演示之后不久，乐队就分裂了。此后不久，乐队成员与歌手Jioti Parcharidis，鼓手Apostolos“ Laki” Zaios和键盘手Dirk Marquardt融为一体。这个新阵容自称为人类要塞。
在1999年录制了一个演示之后，该乐队开始制作他们的首张专辑，该专辑于2000年夏天完成。他们参加了由一本流行的德国金属杂志赞助的人才竞赛。他们的歌曲“ The Dragons Lair”在比赛的编辑CD中发行，随后被在线粉丝评为“最爱曲目”。由于这种认可，乐队与Limb Records达成了交易，并发行了他们的首张专辑《Lord of Earth and Heavens Heir》。
2003年，乐队在Massacre Records上发行了第二张专辑《Defenders of the Crown》。录音过程包括Galloglass，King Leoric和Meridian Zero乐队的嘉宾表演。发行这张专辑后，吉他手Volker Trost离开了乐队，由Frank Sawade取代。
2007年，随着歌手Jioti Parcharidis和鼓手Apostolos“ Laki” Zaios离开乐队，人类堡垒的面容再次发生变化。它们分别被卡斯滕·弗兰克（Carsten Frank）和阿恩特·克朗（Arndt Krone）取代。 《人类要塞》于2008年4月25日发行了第三张CD，《永恒帝国》。阿恩特·克朗和托尔斯滕·沃尔夫于同年离开乐队，第一张被鼓手Vincent Gongala取代。
在2009年，乐队宣布弗兰克·萨瓦德（Frank Sawade），帕勃罗·J·塔曼（Pablo J. Tammen），德克·马夸特（Dirk Marquardt）和文森特·贡加拉（Vincent Gongala）将与歌手伊娃·斯卡米拉（Eva Skamira）组成一支名为Ember Sea的新乐队，延续了第三张专辑采用的新风格，而前乐队成员Jioti Parcharidis，由新来者Ingmar von Berg和Dirk Liehm加强的Torsten Wolf，Volker Trost和Apostolos“ Laki” Zaios将以前两张专辑的形式继续作为Human Fortress保留下来。但是，由于健康问题，歌手Jioti Parcharidis于2010年初再次离开。
在中断了5年之后，2013年7月，Gus Monsanto成为Human Fortress的新歌手，并且乐队与AFM Records签约。乐队的第四张CD，Raided Land，于当年11月发行。
乐队于2015年7月开始录制他们的第五张专辑。Startnext开始众筹，以资助专辑的录制。这张名为《夜贼》的专辑于2016年3月再次通过AFM Records发行。在同年4月不久，《大碟捍卫者》被Massacre Records重新发行，并与原声乐手Jioti Parcharidis重新录制了两条额外曲目。
Human Fortress is a power metal band from Hanover, Germany. They call their style “epic battle metal.”
In 1997, guitarists Torsten Wolf and Volker Trost joined with bassist Pablo J. Tammen to form a band called Timezone. Shortly after recording a demo, however, the band split up. Soon thereafter, the lineup was rounded out with singer Jioti Parcharidis, drummer Apostolos “Laki” Zaios, and keyboardist Dirk Marquardt. This new lineup called themselves Human Fortress.
After recording a demo in 1999, the band began work on their debut album, which was completed in the summer of 2000. They entered a talent contest sponsored by a popular German metal magazine. Their song “The Dragons Lair” was released on a compilation CD for the contest, and was subsequently voted “Favorite Track” by online fans. Due to this recognition the band reached a deal with Limb Records, and released their debut album Lord of Earth and Heavens Heir.
2003 saw the release of the band’s second album Defenders of the Crown, this time on Massacre Records. The recording process included guest performances by members of the bands Galloglass, King Leoric, and Meridian Zero. After this album, guitarist Volker Trost left the band and was replaced by Frank Sawade.
In 2007, the face of Human Fortress changed once again, as singer Jioti Parcharidis and drummer Apostolos “Laki” Zaios left the band. They were replaced by Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively. Human Fortress released their third CD, Eternal Empire, on April 25, 2008. Arndt Krone and Torsten Wolf left the band in the sameyear, the first being replaced by drummer Vincent Gongala.
In 2009 the band announced that Frank Sawade, Pablo J. Tammen, Dirk Marquardt and Vincent Gongala would form a new band called Ember Sea with singer Eva Skamira, continuing the new style adopted for the third album, and that former band members Jioti Parcharidis, Torsten Wolf, Volker Trost and Apostolos “Laki” Zaios, reinforced by newcomers Ingmar von Berg and Dirk Liehm, would continue as Human Fortress in the style of the first two albums. However, singer Jioti Parcharidis left again due to health problems in the beginning of 2010.
In July 2013, following a 5-year hiatus, Gus Monsanto became Human Fortress’ new singer, and the band signed with AFM Records. The band’s fourth CD, Raided Land, was released in November of that year.
The band began recording their fifth album in July 2015. A crowdfunding effort was started on Startnext to fund the recording of the album. The album, titled Thieves of the Night, was released in March 2016, again through AFM Records. Soon after, in April of the same year, Defenders of the Crown was re-released by Massacre Records with two bonus tracks re-recorded with original vocalist Jioti Parcharidis.
2001 – Lord Of Earth And Heavens Heir
2003 – Defenders Of The Crown
2008 – Eternal Empire
2013 – Raided Land
2016 – Thieves Of The Night
2019 – Reign of Gold
2021 – Epic Tales & Untold Stories